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Aspen hospital recognized for service, patient safety

Aspen Valley Hospital recently received national attention by being named a best performer by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems.

The hospital received the honor in three categories: “Overall Rating,” “Responsiveness of Hospital Staff” and “Cleanliness.” In addition, the hospital received recognition for “Exceeding Patient Expectations,” a hospital statement said.

The awards are given to the facility with the highest rating in the small-bed- hospital category. The hospital will celebrate with employees and will be recognized this fall at a regional conference on customer service in San Francisco.

“The collective efforts of our staff — no matter their role — are responsible for these awards,” hospital CEO Dan Bonk said.

Earlier this year, Aspen Valley Hospital was recognized by the Colorado Hospital Association for accomplishments in a national initiative called the Hospital Engagement Network, which focuses on the top 11 “preventable harms” in hospitals. These patient-safety practices are evidence-based and known to improve outcomes, the statement added.

“Because of our approach and demonstrated improvements, we’ve been asked to present at two statewide conferences on patient safety,” said Elaine Gerson, chief clinical officer. “Our team did a phenomenal job of identifying opportunities for improvement and implementing changes to optimize patient safety.”

Little Nell schedules ride to Emma Farms for dinner

The Little Nell hotel will hold its second Ride to Emma Farms event on Aug. 14 starting at 4 p.m.

Cyclists will join Element 47 restaurant’s wine team — wine director Carlton McCoy and assistant food and beverage director Csaba “Chubby” Oveges — as they trek to Emma Farms for a farm-to-table dinner, according to a hotel statement.

Participants will meet at The Little Nell to select wine for dinner from the 18,500-bottle wine cellar and then ride down to Emma Farms in Basalt. A farmhouse cocktail hour will take place before dinner.

Dinner will be prepared by Mike Daley, Element 47’s executive sous chef. Emma Farms Wagyu beef will be featured. Return transportation for both guests and their bikes to The Little Nell will be provided following the dinner.

There is a cost associated with the event. Space is limited and open to all. For more information, call 970-920-6330.


Manaus Fund receives grant

The Manaus Fund has announced the receipt of a $90,000 grant from the John Denver Aspenglow Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation to support the Valley Settlement Project’s program for families with children up to 3 years old.

The “Zero to 3” component of the Valley Settlement Project’s early-childhood-education effort is a bilingual child-development program for parents and their children. Thirty parent/child pairs participated in the early-learning programs (formerly known as Mommy & Me) for one hour each week during 2012 and 2013, according to a statement.

This program has evolved into a new model that includes programming on the social, emotional and physical well-being for each generation. Parents, their children and a leader come together for twice-weekly, neighborhood-based classes to learn strategies to promote the healthy development of children well before preschool. This foundation for the multigenerational approach aims to empower parents with the skills and confidence to become children’s first and most important teachers.

“We are excited to begin this partnership with the John Denver Aspenglow Fund, are honored to be a part of John’s legacy and are happy to extend it into the next generation of this valley’s children,” said Jon Fox-Rubin, executive director of the Manaus Fund.